15 items from 2012
Western is a genre long dead. Don’t get me wrong Hollywood has tried countless times since Unforgiven (Open Range, Legends of the Fall, Hi-Lo Country, Tombstone, Wyatt Earp, Ride With The Devil, Dead Man etc.) to revive the dying genre. It seemed like it was going to turn into a niche market, and something we [...]
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- Robert Lalonde
All of the week's hot casting news in one fell swoop ...
• Beware the roaring rampage of the Oldgirl! Charlize Theron has signed on to star in the American adaptation of "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance," the third installment in "Oldboy" director Park Chan-wook's Vengeance Trilogy. [Deadline]
• "Cinderella" has a new evil stepmother — in the form of Cate Blanchett. The "Hobbit" beauty will be providing villainy to director Mark Romanek's live-action take on the classic fairy tale. [Deadline]
• As long as there are movies, James Franco will star in a lot of them. One of the busiest actors in the show business has signed on to "Good People," a morality play in which a dead broke couple finds a few hundred thousand bucks in their neighbor's abandoned apartment. [The Wrap]
- Bryan Enk
Interview conducted by Tom Stockman November 15th 2012
Since he first appeared at age 12 in the wedding sequence of The Godfather, Nick Villelonga has appeared in 31 movies as an actor. Some of his roles included small parts in The Pope Of Greenwich Village, Prizzi’S Honor , and Goodfellas. His first script, Deadfall, co-written with director Christopher Coppola, was made into a feature film starring Nicolas Cage, Michael Biehn, and James Coburn in 1993. Nick then went on to write and direct independent films such as A Brilliant Disguise starring Lysette Anthony and The Corporate Ladder starring Ben Cross.
Now Nick Villelonga has directed the western Yellow Rock starring James Russo and Michael Biehn. It will be playing at the St. Louis International Film Festival on Friday, Nov 16th at 7:00pm at the Wildey Theatre and Sunday, Nov 18th at 4:15pm at the Hi-Pointe Theatre.
We Are Movie Geeks caught up »
- Tom Stockman
What advantages do trams have over buses?
Trams are simply so civilised. They run smoothly and predictably along steel rails, with three times the energy-efficiency of buses and without the lurching, swerving and vibration of vehicles that require a series of controlled explosions for movement. Visit Nottingham, Croydon or Sheffield to sample their unrivalled delights. Even better, go to Amsterdam, Brussels or Germany, where most large towns and cities run trams along routes where mass, speedy movement is needed. Trams are greener and last much longer than buses, and can cope better with crowds and bad weather.
Trams have one disadvantage for the British. With high start-up costs, they need a longish view to be taken to appreciate their advantages. Sadly, our politicians are rarely able to look further ahead than the next election. »
EuropaCorp and Relativity Media have closed deals with Oscar®-Winner Kevin Costner (The Bodyguard, Dances With Wolves, Open Range) to star as the lead in this upcoming gripping action tale with McG (Charlie’s Angels, Terminator Salvation) attached to direct from a screenplay by Luc Besson (Taken, Transporter) and Adi Hasak (From Paris With Love). The two companies will work in tandem throughout the creative and production process on the film.
The thriller explores a story about Secret Service Agent Ethan Runner who discovers he’s dying and decides to retire in order to reconnect with his estranged family. But when the Secret Service offers him access to an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment, he soon finds himself trying to juggle his family, his mission, and the drug’s hallucinatory side-effects.
- Kellvin Chavez
EuropaCorp and Relativity Media have closed deals with Oscar-Winner Kevin Costner (The Bodyguard, Dances with Wolves, Open Range) to star as the lead in this upcoming gripping action tale with McG (Charlie's Angels, Terminator Salvation) attached to direct from a screenplay by Luc Besson (Taken, The Transporter) and Adi Hasak (From Paris with Love). The two companies will work in tandem throughout the creative and production process on the film.
The thriller explores a story about Secret Service Agent Ethan Runner who discovers he's dying and decides to retire in order to reconnect with his estranged family. But when the Secret Service offers him access to an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment, he soon finds himself trying to juggle his family, his mission, and the drug's hallucinatory side-effects.
File this one under, exclusive, my ass. Back in early August, Deadline broke the story that Kevin Costner would star in Three Days to Kill, and also told you that McG was going to direct and Relativity Media would distribute in North America, with Luc Besson writing the script with Adi Hasak and producing through his Europacorp. We even told you Costner would star in the France-set action film as Ethan Renner, a government assassin who is dying and wants to reconcile with his daughter while taking on one final mission. This was in a story about how he would join the Jack Ryan picture, and how good it would be to see him back in the action fold after Hatfields & McCoys. Two months later, Variety is breathlessly claiming an exclusive just because Relativity decided to leak a press release (the company has been leaking heavily in the last 24 hours »
- MIKE FLEMING
Founder of Goldcrest Films with a string of Oscar-winning movies to his name
It is a mark of the wide-ranging success of Jake Eberts, founder of the once-mighty Goldcrest Films, who has died aged 71 after suffering from cancer, that few headline writers summing up his life could agree on his most notable producing credit. Was it Chariots of Fire (1981), Gandhi (1982) or The Killing Fields (1984)? The Name of the Rose (1986), Driving Miss Daisy (1989) or Dances With Wolves (1990)? Easier instead to herald him as the man whose films won a staggering 37 Oscars.
From the mid-1970s onwards, Eberts combined business acumen and creative energy with an integrity much admired in the film industry. The actor Kevin Costner, with whom he worked on Dances with Wolves and Open Range (2003), said of him: "Hollywood is full of people who either have intelligence or integrity. Jake is the only one with both." Lord Attenborough, who collaborated with Eberts on Gandhi, »
- Ryan Gilbey
While Spike Lee and Hollywood is gearing up a remake of his “Oldboy”, South Korean director Chan-wook Park is already setting up his second Hollywood project (his first being “Stoker”). The director has now boarded the film “The Brigands of Rattleborge”, which sounds like a Western, though I’m not sure if it’s a Western Western (“Open Range”, “Unforgiven”, etc), or a modern day Western, Western (“No Country for Old Men”, for example). I guess we’ll find out soon enough. Park will direct from a script by Craig Zahler, which is apparently so violent no one has been brave enough to try to get it made. Which means Park is the perfect director. No one does blood and violence better than Park, who counts “Oldboy”, “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance”, and “Lady Vengeance” among his domestic films. In “The Brigands of Rattleborge”, a sheriff and a doctor seek revenge »
I was watching Kevin Costner’s “Open Range” for the umpteenth time late last night and it just got me missing big-budget Westerns again. And when I say “big-budget”, I don’t mean a $250 million dollar Western like the nonsense that is currently going on with Johnny Depp’s “Lone Ranger” movie. I mean, a nice budget, “big” by the standards of what’s being put into Westerns nowadays (which are tiny, basic cable-level TV budgets), but “small” by all Hollywood standards. $10 – $20 million, if you will. That looks like the kind of budget that the Natalie Portman Western “Jane Got a Gun” will be going with, and if the production has its way, it might also get Michael Fassbender, too. Word has the ever-busy Fassbender, currently shooting Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor”, in talks to play the male lead in the Western, which would star Portman (who also produces) as »
The western. A genre I’ve always loved watching. It may shock many that I was never a John Wayne fan (an actor I felt always played every part, the same way), but loved the classic films of Audie Murphy, Clint Eastwood’s spaghetti-western series and of course The Maginifcent Seven. The all-star action-packed adventure featured some of Hollywood’s finest, legendary figures, in roles that remain iconic.
Last week we first heard that Tom Cruise has become attached to a remake of the 196o John Sturges film, itself a remake of the Seven Samurai. Cruise is set to play the role previously played by Yul Brynner. Now we also understand Matt Damon will join him, as well as genre regular Kevin Costner. They’re are both set to play the respective roles last played by Steve McQueen and James Coburn. Morgan Freeman, who co-starred in Clint Eastwood’s masterpiece Unforgiven, »
- Craig Hunter
Guest essay by Colin Biggs One hand. That’s all it takes for me to count how many Westerns of prominence have come out in the past decade: Open Range, »
Released in UK cinemas today, Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy sees Canadian filmmaker Rob Heydon (Go Further) following in the footsteps of Danny Boyle (Trainspotting) by bringing the work of acclaimed Scottish author Irvine Welsh to the screen.
Based on 'The Undefeated' from Welsh's bestselling 1996 collection Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance, the film explores the euphoric highs and the devastating lows of the Edinburgh rave scene and stars Adam Sinclair (Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj), Kristin Kreuk (Smallville), Billy Boyd (The Lord of the Rings), Carlo Rota (24),Keram Malicki-Sánchez (Punisher: War Zone), Natalie Brown (Being Human), Stephen McHattie (Watchmen) and Dean McDermott (Open Range).
Check out this exclusive interview clip with Irvine Welsh, where he discusses his favourite clubs:
"Lloyd (Sinclair) is on top of the world – beautiful girls, great club sounds, and a never ending supply of the love drug, sustained by a smuggling sideline for the local »
Originally titled “The First Ride of Wyatt Earp”, Michael Feifer’s ode to the famous lawman has since gotten a title change. Now going under the more action-heavy title of “Wyatt Earp’s Revenge”, the film is scheduled to gallop onto DVD March 6th, 2012 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Yes, just DVD, no Blu-ray. I guess title change notwithstanding, Sony Pictures didn’t think the film could pay back the cost of a Blu-ray transfer. The trailer for the film, which awaits below, is not exactly the kind of Western that’s going to give, say, Kevin Costner’s “Open Range” a run for its money. It’s clearly a moderately budgeted affair, and its biggest name is Val Kilmer, who probably has a cameo. Still, if you’re a fan of Westerns, let’s face it, there’s not a lot of offerings to choose from nowadays, so as the saying goes, »
Exclusive: I’m hearing that ICM and Hal Sadoff have come to a parting of the way after seven years. Sadoff, a former investment banker at Cobalt Media Group and the London-based National Westminster Bank joined ICM seven years ago and has been the agency’s Head of International and Independent Film. Between ICM and the banks, he has played a role in putting together more than 400 films, with budgets totaling over $3.5 billion. This has been in the works for some time, and was a rumor going around Sundance and Berlin. Sadoff is a well liked guy whose annual Cannes Film Festival bash at La Pizza was always a highlight of the festival. It isn’t clear what he’ll do next, but I expect he’ll figure it out shortly. Before joining ICM, Sadoff was exec producer and financial consultant on several films including Hotel Rwanda, which was nominated for three Academy Awards. »
- MIKE FLEMING
15 items from 2012
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